How to import Canon EOS 6D MOV media to iMovie/FCE?

Summary: If you are looking for the best workflow between Canon 6D and iMovie/FCE, you may come to the right place. This post describes how to make iMovie/FCE work with 60D MOV videos smoothly by transcoding Canon 60D H.264 footage to AIC .MOV before editing.
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Needed to convert Canon 6D MOV media to Apple InterMediate Codec for use with iMovie
”I’ve had troubles finding something that could convert Canon 6D MOV movies. I use iMovie to edit on OS X mountain lion platform. I couldn’t figure out how to make iMovie edit 6D MOV clips smoothly. Somebody said that it’s the H.264 codec caused this issue, so I realized that I needed to convert Canon 6D MOV media to Apple InterMediate Codec for use with iMovie. I googled a lot and tried to find out a useful video converter, but there’s no luck. Google gave me numerous options, but none of them could do what I need with acceptable quality. Can anyone help if you have a solution? Thanks a lot for your help.”

Like all Canon EOS DSLRs, the 6D records footage in H.264 compressed MOV recording format. The H.264 is a codec quite proper for capture and delivery, but not suited for editing, that’s why people usually need to use third party converter to transcode them to a format that is compatible with their editing programs. To make iMovie/FCE work with Canon 6D MOV files, we would recommend that you transcode 6D H.264 MOV to AIC, the native editing codec of iMovie/FCE, which iMovie/FCE recognizes and handles well. To perform 60D MOV to iMovie/FCE AIC Conversion, Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. You can download a free trial to see if it is able to do what you need.

Download a demo of Video Converter for Mac
Canon 6D and iMovie/FCE
You are able to drag all your 6D mov files to this program and convert then all at once. You don’t have to stay there and do one at a time.

How to transcode Canon 6D MOV to AIC for use in iMovie and FCE?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon 6D Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
iMovie/FCE work with 60D MOV videos

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
transcoding Canon 60D H.264 footage to AIC .MOV
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Canon 6D video to MOV conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start Canon EOS 6D H.264 MOV to QuickTime conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing with iMovie’11/9/8 or Final Cut Express with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for theentire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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